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    Sun Visor Mount

    Hey guys I want to mount my 7" lilliput into my passenger sun visor... I was wondering if anyone could walk me through what the best way is to do this

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    Debating on installing a carpc in my Jeep.....

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    Never done it or heard of it, but considering the thickness of a sun visor and a Lilliput, I'd cut a Lilli hole right out of the visor leaving some extra covering material around the edges. Then wrap that extra material into the cutout and glue it. And install the Lilliput in the hole so the screen side is flush on the front, and the back side and vents are exposed in the back. These screens get hot and can't be sealed up. Dealing with the cables would be another trick.
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    Here's a step-bystep on how I put monitors into my sunvisors on my Ford F150. The same principles and technique would apply. To build up the sunvisor to match the thickness of the monitor I used foambacked weather stripping, and then covered the whole visor with new headliner material.

    http://fordtruckworld.tenmagazines.c...88&album=34513

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    It would end up being pretty fat but you could make it look ok if your are careful. As Alti says you need the back open to vent the screen. What i would do is mount the back flush - possibly not cutting the back out completely but cutting slits for venting. I would then add a bevel frame around the front of the screen and re-trim it with vinyl.

    As for the cables, route em through the visor and come out near the hinge by the side window. If you canget your roof lining down then this is the best bet for hiding the cables. Also, the monitor will add a lot of weight so you may need to make the mechanism to hold the visor up stanger. Possibly by putting a powerful magnet int he roof lining and hifing a strip of steel or another magnet (even better) in the sun visor so it acts as a magnetic catch.

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    alright that f-150 page helped alot... and the other tip/ideas are great thigns to remember
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    I am nearly completed with mine

    Lilliput in Sun Visor Project

    I havent posted pictures (still sorting out a digital camera)

    It in theory isn't that hard.

    Steps i took

    1. Remove the sun visor from car

    2. Open it up: Mine was basically two halves on a hinge that poped together. Remove any exisiting Glass/Mirror Light fixtures.

    3. Remove the fabric/foam: mine was glued on all around the edges and there was little sharp points that pierced the fabric around the edges. Do this carefully as to not rip the fabric/foam. Start at one end and slowly work it free.

    4. Measure out and cut a rectangle shape for the lilliput. Exact Size and Cut are important here.

    If you cuts werent 100% straight and clean (Like mine which were ragged pluss i had some recesses where the mirror and light were) Then get a thin sheet of plexi glass and recut the shape perfectly. I had the guys at my prototype do the cut on a mill.

    Note: these cuts become less crucial if you plan on fabricating a bezel to place on the front of the LCD. Initially i planned on not having one but later on becasue of other considerations (the screen poked out of the front 1/4") decided to.

    5.Install the IR sensor and Buttons. These have to be wired up without the ribbon cable so use thiswebsite as a reference when wiring up the buttons. You will need small gauge wire and thin diameter solder and very pointy tip on your soldering iron.

    You will have to purchase other buttons that have a longer reach on them and create a custom backing for them. I did this by hot glueing the Buttons to a thin peice of circuit board material and then make a cylindrical build up of glue for the standoffs. It is a little time consuming but once you have the buttons mounted to the board and the hot glue standoffs then you drill your holes in the front of the Sun Visor and glue the board/buttons with RTV silicone to the Sun Visor. Once that dries then your good to go.

    While your drilling holes Drill about 10-20 air circulating holes in the back so heat can escape.

    For the IR sensor drill a hole for the window and hotglue into place. Again i had a circular peice of plexi cut on a CNC for the window. I have been told that you can get them premade from mouser or digikey.

    6. After you have all of you holes drilled then continue to replace the Fabric portion. I used hot glue and i tried to line it up perfectly.

    7. Mark and cut out the fabric where the LCD should go. This is where the clean cuts comes in. Make 45 degree cuts in the corners and leave about 1/2 an inch flaps so you can fold the flaps to the inside. Use hot glue to secure them

    8. Then secure place the lilliput LCD in the sunvisor for a test fitl Work out the internal wire routing. Chances are you are going to have way to much wiring run through the hinge peice that connects the sun visor to the ceiling of the car so what i did was make a notch near the hinge peice where the wire would come out. Then i wrapped the wires with electrical tape for appearance.

    9. Your almost done. You are where i am at right now. Close up the Sun Visor and look at it. Add the finishing touches which are some labeling on the front for the buttons and a front bezel.

    A) I havent quite figured this one out yet but i am thinking about printing some up on that printer sticker paper and gluing it in place with some 3m spray glue.
    B)The only other thing that I need fabricated is a front bezel that will go over the top of my lilliput and mount to the front of the Sun Visor. I will be trying to get one fabricated tomorrow..

    Thats it. It is a project but lots of fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by GRod
    Here's a step-bystep on how I put monitors into my sunvisors on my Ford F150. The same principles and technique would apply. To build up the sunvisor to match the thickness of the monitor I used foambacked weather stripping, and then covered the whole visor with new headliner material.

    http://fordtruckworld.tenmagazines.c...88&album=34513

    Good Luck

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    Yes, plus it can control lights etc using X10 I think (I only use mine for the garage door).

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRod
    Yes, plus it can control lights etc using X10 I think (I only use mine for the garage door).

    GRod

    good work and a good writeup, lots of pics is always a plus

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRod
    Here's a step-bystep on how I put monitors into my sunvisors on my Ford F150. The same principles and technique would apply. To build up the sunvisor to match the thickness of the monitor I used foambacked weather stripping, and then covered the whole visor with new headliner material.

    http://fordtruckworld.tenmagazines.c...88&album=34513

    Good Luck

    GRod
    what fabric did you use? or was it on the original headliner? i plan to do this install also just because of space and keeping it stealth.

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